Monday, August 6, 2012

Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Should Know

Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know is a paperback book recently released by the RAND Drug Policy Research Centera non-partisan research center dedicated to providing objective analysis and research to decision-makers.

Two of the book's authors were interviewed on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show.  What becomes clear during the interview is that the issue of marijuana legalization is more complicated than is apparent when people listen to the current public/media debate.  They also make clear that there are a lot of unknown consequences associated with marijuana legalization and that any proposal to legalize marijuana should include the ability to repeal the law if things don't turn out well.  Listen to the full interview here:

In July, the authors briefed congressional staff about what they learned during their research for the book.  The briefing may be viewed here:

I urge everyone to read the text of I-502 and compare it to findings and recommendations made by these non-partisan researchers.  Know what you are voting for or against and avoid the buyer's remorse that Washingtonians have felt about other recently approved initiatives.

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